The Tudor Arte of Warre 1485-1558

The conduct of war from Henry VII to Mary I

Jonathan Davies

This book deals with the diplomacy, campaigns and battles of the period as well as the life of the Tudor soldier his recruitment, weapons, tactics and logistical support.
Publication date:
July 2021
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Retinue to Regiment
Illustration :
30 maps, diags & photos
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ISBN : 9781913336417

Dimensions : 248 X 180 mm
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• Unlike most of those dealing with these subjects, the author has practical experience in the handling of the weapons and armour of the period and offers valuable insights into their use
• The book provides a balanced view of the Tudor war machine in the context of the ‘military revolution debate', avoiding many of the pitfalls based upon a misunderstanding of the Tudor world
• This book should answer all the questions that someone interested in the subject would want answered. It is aimed at the enthusiast, whether wargamer, re-enactor or anyone with a general interest in military history
• It is the book I wanted to read and which I have had to write

If you peruse a bookshop's shelves, Tudor history seems to concern itself with Monarchy (mostly wives), religion (for or against the Reformation) with a side order of cookery (pies and pottage). Tudor warfare has either been dismissed as unimportant or criticised for its ‘backwardness'. There have, however, been recent attempts to re-evaluate the achievements of the Tudors at war, especially the part played by Henry VIII in the ‘modernisation' of the army, in the context of the continuing military revolution debate.

This book provides a broad and comprehensive survey of the Tudor army, explaining its campaigns and battles in the context of its monarchs and their diplomatic and foreign policy priorities. It also provides a thematic study of key issues, such as recruitment, fortification, equipment, tactics and supply. While much has been written about how far the Tudor military does or does not fit into a perceived pattern of European military development, I argue that it can only be understood if the unique political, social and economic background of England is appreciated. The conclusion drawn is that for all the ‘failings' identified by historians, it was a system that was not only ‘fit for purpose' but it could on occasion achieve extraordinary feats, whether those be the Device forts of Henry VIII or the stunning victories at Flodden and Pinkie.